Bosworth MP urges those unable to attend vaccine appointments to cancel instead of no-show

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 23 July 2021

BOSWORTH MP Dr. Luke Evans has urged people who are unable to attend their vaccine appointment to cancel them instead of not showing up.

Dr. Luke receiving his vaccine (Supplied: Dr. Luke Evans)

This is because a constituent of his, who works across several local vaccination hubs, has warned him that high ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) rates lead to vaccine wastage in Leicestershire.

For example, once the Pfizer vaccine has been removed from its frozen storage, there is a limited amount of time that it can be used to vaccinate someone.

If people who are booked in to receive their vaccine fail to attend their appointment and ‘no show’, the vaccine cannot be reused on someone else, meaning that it has to go to waste.

But, if those who are unable to attend their appointments cancel their booking online in advance, then the vaccine can be offered to somebody else, helping to avoid the vaccine doses go to waste, as they will instead be used.

Once he had heard these concerns from the constituent, Dr. Luke raised the issue directly with the Vaccine Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, during a Vaccine Briefing for MPs last Friday (16 July).

In response, the Vaccine Minister said the Government would consider publishing daily ‘Did Not Attend’ rates, and thanked Dr. Luke for raising the issue.

Dr. Luke said: “With restrictions continuing to ease, it’s vital that those who haven’t had the chance to get vaccinated yet do so.

“If you are unable to attend your appointment after booking it, please remember to cancel it so your appointment can be offered to somebody else, and the dose doesn’t go to waste. 

He continued: “NHS staff are working tirelessly across hospitals, clinics and vaccination centres to get as many people as possible vaccinated quickly and efficiently, it’s our job to make that as easy as possible for them. 

“My thanks to the constituent who alerted me to the issue, and I was glad to be able to raise it with the Vaccines Minister last week.”

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